Despite fatigue being recognized by the medical community as a sometimes debilitating symptom of Lupus, it is extremely hard to have that fact recognized by disability insurance companies. What are some ways patients and doctors can work together to provi
Insurance companies and other organizations involved with disability do sometimes put less weight on what we call “subjective” problems – symptoms that are felt and experienced by patients but not easily validated with an “objective” finding such as with a lab value or physical exam finding. Often, this requires a statement from the treating physician explaining the condition and how fatigue is related. Educating insurance companies more about lupus and related fatigue would certainly be a good place to start. Lupus awareness is growing everyday (thanks to awareness campaigns like those the LFA has initiated) and hopefully will lead to more understanding of this illness by organizations like insurance companies.